In his 14th season and with over 2,000 innings logged, Josh Beckett has battled soreness between his starts this year. Beckett took the mound Sunday coming off what likely was his worst start this season since his debut on April 9.
Despite the reports of the right-hander battling physical issues, Beckett was sharp Sunday as he went toe-to-toe with Colorado Rockies rookie Yohan Flande. The two starters combined to pitch four scoreless innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers broke the game open in the fifth inning.
Beckett sparked the scoring spree with his one-out double, but it came at a cost. The Dodger starter moved to third base on a Dee Gordon line-drive single to left field, narrowly beating the throw. Beckett hesitated as he needed to wait for the ball to safely get through and slid awkwardly into third base.
He pitched the bottom half of the inning, retiring the Rockies in order before being removed. According to David Vassegh, co-host of Dodger Talk on AM 570, Beckett tweaked his hip while out on the basepaths:
Beckett said he tweaked his left hip while starting and stopping on bases
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) July 7, 2014
According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, a trainer noticed a change in Beckett’s delivery following his trip around the bases:
Trainer noticed Beckett was changing arm angle after slide into third base.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 7, 2014
The 34-year-old earned the win Sunday and is now 6-5 with a 2.26 in what has been a successful season. Beckett’s next scheduled start is July 12 when the Dodgers host the San Diego Padres and he’ll then have time to rest his ailing body over the All-Star break, assuming he doesn’t participate in the game.
With the break, the Dodgers will have the opportunity to reset their starting rotation, which would provide Beckett with more rest.
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